Call for Papers
Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know
November 8-9, 2013
A conference presented by
the Foucault Society
Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy
Stony Brook Manhattan
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY
Keynote: Todd May, Clemson University: “The Will to Know”
Guest Speaker: Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University
In celebration of the publication of Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), we invite participants to a conference in New York City.
As the first of Foucault’s annual courses, Lectures on the Will to Know set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Its publication in English translation opens up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.”
Papers are invited which analyze Lectures on the Will to Know – its sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts. What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work? How do philosophy and history intersect in this text? What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity? How do Foucault’s encounters here with Aristotle, the Sophists, Nietzsche, Deleuze — indeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge — complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?
The Lecture Courses
“The Will to Know” and “The Order of Discourse”
▪ Issues of translation and transcription ▪
▪ Continuities and disjunctions among the Lecture Courses ▪
Thematic connections to Foucault’s earlier or later works
Foucault and Deleuze ▪ Foucault and Nietzsche ▪ Foucault on Aristotle and the Sophists ▪ Foucault and Eastern Knowledge
Forms of Knowledge
Connaissance, Savoir and Truth ▪ Judgment ▪ Justice
Measurement (Being) ▪ Repetition and Becoming ▪ The Event
Truth and the City-State
Law ▪ Money ▪ Sovereignty
Political Economy ▪ Purity/Impurity ▪ Criminality
Please send 500 word proposals to:
September 10, 2013.
Accepted presenters will be notified by September 20, 2013.
About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.